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JOB HOTLINE SWAMPED BY THE TENUOUSLY EMPLOYED

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A national telephone hotline for the jobless was swamped by calls from some 500 people who are gainfully employed, many of them fearing layoffs in the coming year, sponsors of the call-in service said.

"The response represents what we have seen in counseling discharged managers - a deepening sense of insecurity in the workplace," said James E. Challenger, president of the counseling firm that ran the one-day hotline Thursday.In its fourth annual national job search call-in, Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. opened its phone lines as a holiday gesture to assist those recently out of work. Challenger usually counsels workers sent to the firm after being discharged.

The one-day call-in Thursday drew about 1,000 calls, half of them from people who have jobs, Challenger said.

The majority of employed callers - 59 percent - were under 40 years of age. About 30 percent were in their 30s and 41 percent earned between $30,000 and $50,000.

"Surprisingly nearly half, 44 percent, of the employed callers said they fear a job cutback in 1990 and 58 percent said they would leave their city to find new work," Challenger said.

The high number of people who said they would move to another city in order to find a job reflects the lesson job seekers learned in the last recession - that chances of finding work increase with a willingness to travel, he said.

In both employed and unemployed callers, 55 percent said they had held between two and four jobs during their careers. The next highest, 23 percent, said they had held just one job.